Paramedics should be wearing body armor and not just in New England, US
There are real rising dangers the emergency services have to face up to everyday. And public gatherings are becoming more and more dangerous for both law enforcement and civilians.
If we take the Boston bombing incident for instance; there was a total commotion after the devices had been activated, paramedic crews were having to sweep into the thick of the action (before the smoke had even barely dispelled) as they scurried in to tend the innocent bystanders who were caught up in this terrifying ordeal. What if the attackers had not decided to flee the scene but instead stayed put and inflict carnage by taking pot shots at all whoever dared enter the deadly arena?
For the medical crew at least it was a lot like running the gauntlet, they had to scurry back to their vehicles with the patient in a wheelchair as quickly as they went in; not knowing if there were more explosive devices set to blow at any moment. These brave people had to do all this without any protection whatsoever. There were other services called to the Boston scene that were wearing bulletproof vests and rightly so but many others were not.
In December in western NY a madman starts a fire and callously waits for firefighting crews to arrive before blasting a hail of deadly bullets their way. All these examples clearly call for the need for emergency services to be competently suited up to help protect them from those dangers that they potentially face.
Well, now the changes are already set in place in New England US, now the paramedics will be wearing more than just cotton pants and polo shirts, those service men and women of the Community Emergency Corps will be dressed in body armor, bulletproof vests for their added protection. However, many services in different states will not, but why?
An executive director Ray Otten of the Community Emergency Corps remarked something on the lines of, “It’s better to be safe than sorry” and as far as he was concerned this was another level of safety that his crew could benefit from, although not all agencies would choose to adopt this new tactical body armor dress code. Maybe the agencies would not but how about each individual who actually work for those agencies, do they want protection?
This is where EMT Ballistic Tactical Vest Level IIIA comes into its own. Perhaps some services will opt to avoid wearing body armor with the view that they are too cumbersome to wear or involve a plethora of different orders to suit different measurement needs. This is a different model of bulletproof vest that is not as cumbersome of the current models in use, it also offers more effective protection.
This new range of tactical body armor is lighter, thinner and sleeker, a better tailored fit but more importantly is even more effective at its job of protection than its Kevlar counterparts. This is expressed at 1.16 lb/sq ft verses 1.75 lb/sq ft (Kevlar). These new models are made with GoldFlexTM a ballistic material that stops bullets in their tracks, tested to exceed NIJ 0101.06 Stds.
Furthermore this range offers a One-Size-Fits-All as well as custom sizes and colors and offers protection to the front, sides and back of the wearer.
In the UK emergency services like the ambulance staff (who get called out to attend those who are worse for wear having downed too much alcohol for example) are witnessing a rising spate of attacks but this is not just confined to on the scene incidents. Medical staffs in accident and emergency also find themselves often up against aggressive behavior from drunken patients. This is a reflection of the changing times and ambulance staffs need to be protected from knife attacks or other sharp implements.
It has been reported that the US state have no federal grants to help pay for the adequate protection that is obviously needed to protect those individuals in the Community Emergency Corps that so choose to be protected. There is only available money for the police officers. The times are changing and the federal grant system should not prejudice those human beings that face the same dangers as any police officer on the streets. After all, we would not tolerate our troops to go into action without proper equipment and this is no different.
A human life is priceless and the cost of body armor is trivial when you think of its potential to save a human life. This is to protect the lives of people who are out there on the front line to save other people’s lives; as in an act of duty and it is the responsibility of the state to ensure the safety of all their service men and women who serve them for the sake of community wellbeing and functionality.
The state needs to adapt to change just as this new improved model of body armor has evolved to serve its purpose more effectively. The EMT Ballistic Tactical Vest Level IIIA has evolved to offer greater protection and to suit the wearer more efficiently, more comfortably but above all designed in the excellence it was built for, ultimately to protect a priceless human life. The federal state grant system needs to respect the value of life too, no matter what the service that acts to protect its community.